Public Notice - Stanton Territorial Hospital Oxygen System Update

(Yellowknife, October 15, 2021) – Stanton Territorial Hospital has received and begun installing a Mobile Health Unit oxygen concentrator. This external equipment will provide additional oxygen delivery capacity to Stanton’s internal system, increasing the total capacity by a factor of at least three.

This solution has been part of ongoing efforts to increase oxygen capacity at Stanton to prepare should the NWT see further surges of COVID-19 and increased hospitalizations, steps taken so far include::

  • A Mobile Health Unit oxygen concentator (MHU) was requested and deployed to Yellowknife in collaboration with the Public Health Agency of Canada and federal suppliers. Technical professionals leading the mobilization of the MHU to Stanton are on site and working to install and integrate the equipment into the current facility.
  • Monitoring of all events related to the oxygen systems continues and has included staff training on oxygen contingency systems.
  • Further contingencies have been planned and put in place such as bedside oxygen concentrator devices and tank based solutions, to ensure back up capacity is in place.

Stanton is expecting to see an increase in general facility noise as generated by this unit’s operation, which will be ongoing while it is deployed on site. There may be additional traffic in the area related to the work to install this system over the coming days; public travelling in the area are advised to be cautious and obey any signage or traffic directions.

NTHSSA is continuing to work in collaboration with the P3 facility management provider Dexterra, the GNWT Department of Infrastructure, and other external technical experts in installing this unit and monitoring the oxygen system of the building.

We continue to ask residents to help protect our communities, their families and friends, and the capacity of our health and social services system by following the guidance provided by the Chief Public Health Officer – wear a mask, limit gatherings, get tested if you are symptomatic, and get vaccinated if you have not already done so.